Thursday, October 23, 2008


Been thinking tonight about the stock market meltdown and where we are at economically as a nation. Got me thinking about where we place our trust. Money seems to be at the root of a lot of insecurity these days. Then I took this out of my wallet and had to laugh. Looks like God has a special bit of encouragement for us all, and it is sitting right in each of our billfolds!


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Good Light Anytime

Despite 300+ days of sunshine a year here in lovely Colorado, we still get a bunch of gray days. No worries! Sometimes these make for much more flattering portraits than on a harsh sunny day. And with the benefit of portable small flashes, you can get away with much more than you'd think. I like the way the white color scheme of clothing in this family portrait below works with the white tones in the sky. Makes for a richer portrait, in my opinion.

Off Camera LIghting in Iwo Jima?

So there's not exactly a patriotic Stars and Stripes being hoisted here, nor an island in the Pacific won after an heroic battle. But we have to settle for what's at hand--a putting green and one of those flags from the hole. But in the spirit of WWII, my groomsmen obliged me by striking a familiar pose.

Lighting-wise, we had a dramatic sky threatening to explode rain and electricity upon us. So working fairly quickly, I had my assistant throw on a couple of SB800 strobes on a monopod and light these guys from my side, all while darkening up the sky to show some of the rough weather coming on strong. Result gives the guys much more depth and a dramatic, 3-D appearance.

See just what these guys and the gals were up to here.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Hiking Breckenridge's Golden Tunnel

If you are reading this today, as of 10/10/08, you are probably too late to catch the really stunning aspen displays in the high country. We witnessed peak color last week in Summit County and as far west as Redstone and McClure Pass. Truly the most amazing display of aspens I have seen in a long time, if not ever. So if you missed out, sit down, grab some popcorn and watch these photographs.

And if you are wondering where the Golden Tunnel is, you're just going to have to click the link to see what this aspen forest was all about, because I absolutely refuse to disclose the Golden Tunnel's secret location along Boreas Pass Road outside of Breck. Oops!